“When we all commit to eradicating adverse childhood experiences, we’ll end this never-ending trauma.”
Anna, Age Eight
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We partner with leadership to create family-friendly communities across the city.
We’re preventing childhood adversity, trauma and maltreatment through a data-driven process of continuous quality improvement (CQI)—focused on strengthening the family-friendly agencies that serve children, youth and parents. Resilience Leaders is for courageous and compassionate leaders who are committed to achieving measurable and meaningful results for children.

2.0

Through our program, course and ongoing innovation, we’re creating a seamless system of safety and care in each of our communities by working toward Family-Friendly City, version 2.0. We’re engaging all our elected officials in comprehensive change. Our plan goes beyond “feel good PR” activities and gets us to measurable results that are meaningful to all our families.

Contact Us to learn how to set up a local Resilience Leaders program and empower you city and community agencies.

FAMILY-FRIENDLY CITY 2.0 THE KEY PILLARS OF CHILDHOOD SAFETY


"The biggest question is this: Do we collectively want to solve the epidemic of trauma, or do we keep asking families to solve this problem on their own?"
     — from from Anna, Age Eight: Preface: Waking up from a bad dream

Resilience Leaders course participants are trained to develop local innovations, focused on strengthening vital family services shown to empower families. Our program is guided by the book Anna, Age Eight: The data-driven prevention of childhood trauma and maltreatment by Katherine Ortega Courtney, PhD and Dominic Cappello.

Anna, Age Eight explores the root causes of childhood adversity and the conditions of the communities where families live, known as the social determinants of health and a predictor of health and safety. There are ten service areas that make a city "family-friendly 2.0." Identify your priority area.

We provide city leadership and program participants with the Resilient Community Experience Survey that’s used to assess how accessible vital services are to children and families. Resilience Leaders projects focus on improving the ten interconnected sectors above in collaboration with child welfare and local government.


Accessible
Mental Health Care
Identify your population’s access to behavioral health care to explore how communities can bring trauma-informed care to families in school and community settings.
Secure
Housing
Identify the housing situation of families in your community and explore innovations to meet short and long-term housing needs, including rapid re-housing for domestic violence survivors.
Efficient
Transport
Identify opportunities to better meet the transportation needs of all families, exploring innovations in user-friendly ride sharing, shuttles, safe routes to schools and biking trails.
Nutritional
Food
Identify the nutritional needs of your most vulnerable residents and explore how communities are ensuring all families have healthy meals.
Affordable
Medical & Dental Care
Identify your population’s access to medical and dental to explore how communities can make quality care to available to all families.
Committed
Youth Mentors
Identify opportunities to develop mentorship programs for youth in your communities and explore how local mentor agencies can be better enabled to meet the need.
Successful
Family-Centered Schools
Identify the existing level of support for your local schools and explore how school communities can work together to bring critical behavioral health care to students and their families.
Welcoming
Parent Supports
Identify the availability of parent home visitation programs, respite care for moms, and other key supports. Explore how communities ensure all key parent services thrive.
Empowering
Job Training
Identify local employment opportunities and explore how technology can be used to support job training and placement.
Nurturing
Early Childhood Learning
Identify your population’s access to early childhood learning programs to ensure every child and parent has access.
Data Driven
Child Welfare
Child Welfare can serve as a partner in strengthening the quality and quantity of ten vital family services.
Family Friendly
City Hall
City and county gov't. can work to ensure that the ten vital family services meet the needs of all families.

SHARING SOLUTIONS

TELL USShare real-world proven solutions to the challenges children and families face. We'll share them with our growing community of Resilience Leaders.

ENGAGE TAKE 3 STEPS

STEP 1:
Read ANNA, AGE EIGHT

We offer a blueprint for action.
We are happy to send you a copy of Anna, Age Eight: The data-driven prevention of childhood trauma and maltreatment by Katherine Ortega Courtney, PhD and Dominic Cappello. It provides the "big picture."
GET THE BOOK

STEP 2:
REVIEW OUR COURSE

We provide a data-driven approach.
Our Resilience Leaders course provides participants with the skills and resources to develop local projects focused enhancing vital family services. We can give you a tour inside.
Visit The Course

STEP 3:
JOIN OUR MOVEMENT

We promote a result-focused process.
Resilience Leaders is at the forefront of data-driven and cross-sector ACEs prevention. Contact us to learn about our vital movement for safe childhoods and resilient families.
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